By Renate Schlesier
Within smooth frameworks of information and illustration, Dionysos frequently seems to be unusual for historical tradition, an exception in the context of historic polytheism, or maybe an example of a distinction that anticipates modernism. How can fresh learn give a contribution to a extra specific knowing of the varied variations of the traditional god, from Greek antiquity to the Roman Empire? during this quantity, that is the results of a world convention held in March 2009 on the Pergamon Museum Berlin, students from all branches of classical reviews, together with heritage of scholarship, examine this query. therefore, this results in a brand new glance on vase work, sanctuaries, rituals and religious-political associations like theatre, and comprises new readings of the texts of old poets, historians and philosophers, in addition to of papyri and inscriptions. it's the range of assets or equipment and the problem of former perspectives that's the power of this quantity, offering a entire, leading edge and richly faceted account of different god in an exceptional way."
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Our Demeter is black’ say the Arcadians, who worship a chthonian black Demeter who is the spouse of Poseidon. They cannot read – or listen to – the Homeric Hymn to Demeter, the Olympian goddess who has a daughter by Zeus, without adjusting both the goddess’s colour and her family relationship to this more radiant milieu.
16 Bernabé (2004 – 2007) Nr. 463 – 465, 474 – 496, Graf/Johnston (2007). Zur Diskussion Burkert (1982/2006) 191 – 216, Burkert (20093) 79 – 106. Der Derveni-Papyrus bringt viel zu Orpheus, doch im erhaltenen Text nichts zu Dionysos. 17 Der thrakische Dionysos hat seine durch Rohde zugewiesene einzigartige Bedeutung verloren, bleibt aber wichtig. Andeutungen in [Euripides] Rhesos 970 – 973, zu Makedonien Plut. Alex. 7. 18 Horn (1972). 20 Walter Burkert 5. Der Dionysos der hellenistischen Monarchien Eine weniger beachtete Entfaltung findet der Dionysos-Kult im Zusammenhang des hellenistischen Königtums.
12 Petsas (1983) (cf. ” Hatzopoulos (1994) 64 f. regards a series of female deities worshipped in Beroia, including the Meter theôn autochthôn, as different interpretationes of one pre-Hellenic p|tmia hgq_m and gives more literature. The testimonia (all dating from the period between ca. ) in: Petsas et al. v. aqt|whym. The Meter autochthôn is once (no. 156) called L^tgq He_m iqe_a. Nor is she the only goddess with the epithet autochthôn. From an inscription of the second cent. C. it appears that Samos (not unjustifiedly) boasts a Hera autochthôn.